The Texas-meets-Mexican menu from Juan Luis started as a pop-up with the Lewis Barbecue crew; then it moved on to a stall at food hall Workshop; then it became a food truck parked on the Lewis Barbecue lot; and now it will take over the entire Workshop space when the fancy cafeteria closes in the spring. Just announced, pitmaster John Lewis will create a permanent home for Juan Luis at 1503 King Street.
Lewis, originally from El Paso, Texas, says that this “border cuisine” (he prefers this term over “Tex-Mex”) of breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and gorditas is what he grew up eating, so he is excited to make it a more permanent fixture in Charleston.
After Workshop shutters later on this year, Lewis and his team will renovate the space to include a large bar, dining room, and outdoor dining. The larger address will allow Lewis to expand the menu and add an in-house tortilleria and mesquite grill for grilled meats and seafood.
Look for the new Juan Luis to open this fall.
• Juan Luis [Official]
• All Lewis Barbecue Coverage [ECAR]
• Charleston’s First Food Hall Workshop to Close This Spring [ECAR]